Shotgun fired as rival gangs brawl in Leeds street

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A MAN was shot and injured during a fight between two rival gangs on a street in east Leeds.

The 23-year-old man received shotgun pellet injuries to his arm when the two groups of men started attacking each other with weapons on Dufton Approach.

He was among eight men aged 17 to 49 who were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and firearms offences after police were called to the scene at 6pm on Tuesday.

By the time police arrived to reports of men fighting with weapons, and one discharging a shotgun, all those involved had fled. Dufton Approach runs alongside Parklands County Primary School.

Detective Superintendent Pat Twiggs, Head of Crime for Leeds District, said: “We have established that this incident was the result of a dispute between two criminal groups that are known to us.

“We have arrested a number of suspects and identified more who are being actively sought.

“We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information that could assist the investigation to contact us.

“Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team are carrying out increased patrols in the area to reassure local residents.

“Although we believe this was an isolated incident with no ongoing threat to the wider public we clearly cannot tolerate violent incidents such as this, particularly where firearms have been used, and we will continue to fully investigate the circumstances and robustly target those involved.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID at Elland Road via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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